What is the most underappreciated book?
ÂElaine Cunningham (co-author of The City of Splendors): J. Robert Kingâ€™s Arthurian trilogy, particularly the first book, Mad Merlin.Â If there were any justice in the world, Rob would routinely be mentioned in the same breath as Mary Stewart, T.H. White, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. (Friend Elaine)
Ed Greenwood (author of The Sword Never Sleeps): Boy, there are lots, but let me mention Way Down Cellar by Phil Stong, which captures growing up in America during a certain era perfectly, and is a hoot to read, to boot. Runner-up: Trigger Johnâ€™s Son, by Tom Robinson, in the same vein but deeper and less hilarious. In sf: Spider Robinsonâ€™s Time Pressure. In fantasy: for children, The Midnight Folk by John Masefield, and for adults, The Face In The Frost by John Bellairs.
Jak Koke (author of The Edge of Chaos): Singularity by Bill DeSmedt - this small press book won some awards, but was never picked up by a major publisher. It is seriously awesome - great characters, great plot, great premise. (Friend Jak)